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CIP4 Announces 2010 Fellowship Award #Ipex

May 23, 2010
BIRMINGHAM, UK—May 23, 2010—The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization announced at Ipex 2010 the presentation of a CIP4 Fellowship to Henny van Esch of Optimus. As a CIP4 Fellow, van Esch has been granted a life-long membership in CIP4. The CIP4 Fellowship Award recognizes individuals whose contributions to the development of the Job Definition Format (JDF) Specification are both substantial and significant the integrity and function of JDF, as well as individuals who may have contributed to the industry's adoption of JDF by educating manufacturers of JDF systems and JDF users and/or by actively disseminating information about JDF. The CIP4 Fellowship award is made at the discretion of the CIP4 Board of Directors with usually one Fellowship awarded each year.

Mr. van Esch has been involved with CIP4 since its formation, and through the years has been an instructor at numerous tutorials held by CIP4 for developers, and he has participated in nearly every interoperability event hosted by CIP4. Furthermore, Henny has served as the Chair of the MIS Working Group within CIP4 since its inception in 2003; contributing significantly to both the JDF Specification and the many Interoperability Conformance Specifications that involve print MIS. "Henny is one of the most active members of the technical working groups," said Rainer Prosi, CIP4's Technical Officer and Senior Workflow Architect at Heidelberg. "Henny's contributions to JDF have been instrumental to the integration of print MIS into print automation workflows and JDF-enabled print systems. His sense of humor and way of approaching contentious technical issues has helped us reach solutions that all members have found acceptable and have become common practice at printing shops arou
 nd the world."

The CIP4 Fellowship was awarded to Mr. van Esch during CIP4's Annual Members meeting at Ipex, and he did not know that he was going to receive the award in advance of the presentation. "First of all, I was totally surprised. I had no idea that CIP4 had decided to present this award to me," said Henny van Esch, Director and Co-owner of Optimus. "JDF is an integral part of Optimus' solutions and I have always found my time spent on helping to develop JDF well worth it. I always enjoy talking to new members and helping them learn about JDF, and many of the people I've had the pleasure to work with through CIP4 activities have become life-long friends. So I really appreciate that, not just CIP4, but also my friends and peers have chosen to present me with a CIP4 Fellowship."

The CIP4 Fellowship Award was created by the CIP4 in 2004. Previous CIP4 Fellows include Alfred Bürkli retiree of Müller Martini (2004), Graham Mann formerly of Adobe Systems (2005), Thomas Hastings of Xerox (2006), Martin Bailey of Global Graphics (2007), and Doug Belkofer formerly of EFI. Additional information on CIP4 fellows can be found at

About Henny Van Esch
Henny van Esch has been involved with the printing industry a very long time. Initially working as an estimator / CSR he became involved with Print Management Information Systems (MIS) in 1984 when he started work on the design of an internal MIS system for a printing company in Holland. This application evolved into a commercially available print MIS system for the Dutch market. From that point on, working for companies like Philips and Digital Equipment Corporation, he has been involved in the design, support and sales of a number of different Print MIS systems in different countries in different roles. In his current position as co-owner and director of Optimus Group Ltd, of one of the few truly world-wide active MIS vendors, he has experience with management of organizations and experience and knowledge of the print MIS requirements from all over the world.  For more information on Optimus, see

About CIP4
CIP4 brings together vendors, consultants, and end-users in the print communications, graphic arts industry, and associated sectors, covering a variety of equipment, software, peripherals, and processes. Members participate in focused working groups to define the Job Definition Format (JDF), PrintTalk, and other standards relevant to process automation; to study user requirements; to test product interoperability; and to develop a range of JDF software development tools. Information on CIP4, including membership details, is available from the organization's website: Or contact: Stefan Daun, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, +49 6151 155 575, All content and ideas submitted to the CIP4 user groups and intellectual property rights subsisting therein shall become the exclusive property of CIP4.

About JDF

The Job Definition Format (JDF) is the industry specification designed to facilitate process automation and the integration of different applications and systems in and around the graphic arts industry. JDF also enables the integration of business management and job planning applications into the production workflow. JDF is based on the W3C's Extensible Markup Language (XML), ensuring maximum interoperability between different platforms and ready interaction with Internet systems. More information is available at



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